During 2013-2014 the Šeduva Jewish Memorial Fund invested €3 million in the restoration of the Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery on Žvejų Street, occupying 1,3 hectares of land, under the auspices of the project, “Lost Shtetl”. For decades before work on the cemetery began, it was overgrown by thistles, and the moss-covered gravestones were falling apart. We cleared the brush and rebuilt the original stone fence as well as restored its remaining fragments.

 

The Jews of Šeduva were buried in this cemetery until the Second World War. Within the territory, we found 1,300 gravestones in various states of repair. After the restoration of 800 gravestones, we were able to identify 400, the oldest of which was erected in 1812 and the most recent in 1936. Unrecognizable fragments of gravestones were put into a sculptural composition-lapidarium in the shape of the Star of David.

 

The cemetery restoration project was prepared by the studio of the architect, Algimantas Kančas.

 

English translations of the identified gravestone epitaphs at the Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery

 

Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery before restoration. July, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery before restoration. July, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery before restoration. July, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery before restoration. July, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery before restoration. July, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery before restoration. July, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, August, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery before restoration. August, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, August, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery before restoration. August, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, August, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, restoration begins. August, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, August, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, restoration begins. August, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, August, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, restoration begins.August, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, August, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, August, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, rubbish clearance. September, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2013.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, recording grave positions. November, 2013
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, recording grave positions. November, 2013
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Map of the Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery
Map of the Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, February, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, February, 2014.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, February, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, February, 2014.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2014.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2014.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, rebuilding the walls. July, 2014.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, rebuilding the walls. July, 2014.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, rebuilding the walls. September, 2014.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2014.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, December, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, December, 2014.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, December, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, December, 2014.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, December, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, December, 2014.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, May, 2015. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery restored. May, 2015.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, May, 2015. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery restored. May, 2015.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, October, 2015. Photo J. Žilys
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery restored. October, 2015.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, October, 2015. Photo J. Žilys
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery restored. October, 2015.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, November, 2015. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, lapidarium from fragments of gravestones. November, 2015.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016.
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Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016. Photo A. Baltėnas
Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016.
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Road sign to the Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. July, 2016. Photo A. Baltėnas
Road sign to the Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. July, 2016.
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  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, August, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, August, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, August, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, August, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, August, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, August, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2013. Photo A. Baltėnas
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  • Map of the Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, February, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, February, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, July, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, September, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, December, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, December, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, December, 2014. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, May, 2015. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, May, 2015. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, October, 2015. Photo J. Žilys
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, October, 2015. Photo J. Žilys
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery, November, 2015. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. January, 2016. Photo A. Baltėnas
  • Road sign to the Šeduva Old Jewish Cemetery. July, 2016. Photo A. Baltėnas